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T&LOver 8,000 workers in road transport, stores, warehousing and logistics come together in the Transport & Logistics sector of FIRST Union.

We have Industry Councils which drive the work of our union in Transport & Logistics

Karl Andersen is the Secretary of FIRST Union's Transport & Logistics sector.

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Check out the latest news below from our transport and logistics workers:

Auckland bus company using ratepayers’ money to breach employment law – union

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The long running dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is heading to the courts as FIRST Union, the union representing drivers at Howick and Eastern Buses, files two cases in the Employment Relations Authority against the East Auckland bus company for “serious and sustained” breaches of the Employment Relations Act.

The union is seeking costs and $2 million in penalties.

Auckland bus drivers’ strike escalates – free fare day for passengers

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Union members at Howick and Eastern Buses, the bus provider for much of East Auckland, will be refusing to take cash or hop card fares on Thursday (17 March) meaning a free ride for some passengers.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute over overtime and weekend rates at the East Auckland bus provider.

“Drivers are fed up with the company’s repeated attempts to remove overtime and weekend rates,” says FIRST Union organiser Rudd Hughes.

Union to take Auckland bus dispute to the Auditor-General

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 11, 2016

Drivers at Howick & Eastern Buses are pledging to continue their fight for fair pay and conditions as the drivers’ union, FIRST Union, prepares to write to the Auditor-General asking her to investigate whether Auckland Transport puts appropriate controls on private companies using public money to provide bus services. 

Auckland bus strike escalates – drivers refuse to handle cash

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Over 100 FIRST Union members from Howick and Eastern Buses are recommencing strike action as the company makes repeated attempts to remove overtime and weekend rates for drivers, says FIRST Union Bus Organiser Rudd Hughes.

“From 4am tomorrow to 4am on Friday drivers from Howick and Eastern Buses will refuse to handle cash. Passengers with cash will see their fare money refused, but they can still travel to their destination.”

Auckland bus drivers win court case – NZ Bus ordered to pay $10,000

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

FIRST Union and the Tramways Union have secured a judgment in the Employment Relations Authority holding that NZ Bus, the Auckland bus company whose drivers took city-wide strike action in February, was in breach of its consultation obligations under the collective agreement with the two unions and in breach of its good faith obligations under the Employment Relations Act.

“Last year NZ Bus introduced new rosters without properly consulting with drivers and their unions,” says FIRST Union Transport and Logistics Secretary Karl Andersen.

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